Toyota hand Porsche last-lap win at 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Toyota, who looked to be headed toward its first win at Le Mans, lost the race on the final lap with a mechanical issue handing the win to the #2 919 hybrid Porsche in the hands of Neel Jani.

A gutting result for Toyota who had worked so hard for the win and looked set to take the win until the penultimate lap when the car lost power.

The big story is the return of the Ford GT after 50 years to take the battle to Ferrari and win just like they did fifty years ago. That’s exactly what happened. An incredibly impressive debut.

Results

Pos Class Car Drivers Laps Gap
1 LMP1 #2 Porsche Dumas, Jani, Lieb 384
2 LMP1 #5 Toyota Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima 383 + 1 Lap
3 LMP1 #6 Toyota Sarrazin, Conway, Kobayashi 381 + 3 Laps
4 LMP1 #8 Audi Di Grassi, Duval, Jarvis 372 + 12 Laps
5 LMP1 #7 Audi Fassler, Lotterer, Treluyer 367 + 17 Laps
6 LMP2 #36 Alpine Menezes, Lapierre, Richelmi 357 + 27 Laps
7 LMP2 #26 Oreca Rusinov, Stevens, Rast 357 + 2m40.640s
8 LMP2 #37 BR01 Petrov, Shaytar, Ladygin 353 + 31 Laps
9 LMP2 #42 Gibson Leventis, Watts, Kane 351 + 33 Laps
10 LMP2 #33 Oreca Pu, Gommendy, De Bruijn 348 + 36 Laps
11 LMP2 #41 Ligier Rojas, Canal, Berthon 348 + 52.618s
12 LMP2 #27 BR01 Minassian, Mediani, Aleshin 347 + 37 Laps
13 LMP2 #23 Ligier Barthez, Chatin, Buret 347 + 1m50.325s
14 LMP1 #1 Porsche Bernhard, Webber, Hartley 346 + 38 Laps
15 LMP2 #49 Ligier Pew, Negri Jr, Vanthoor 345 + 39 Laps
16 LMP2 #43 Ligier Gonzalez, Senna, Albuquerque 344 + 40 Laps
17 LMP2 #30 Ligier Sharp, Brown, Van Overbeek 341 + 43 Laps
18 LMP2 #25 Ligier Munemann, Hoy, Pizzitola 341 + 9.817s
19 GTE Pro #68 Ford Hand, Muller, Bourdais 340 + 44 Laps
20 GTE Pro #82 Ferrari Fisichella, Vilander, Malucelli 340 + 1m00.200s
21 GTE Pro #69 Ford Briscoe, Westbrook, Dixon 340 + 1m24.794s
22 GTE Pro #66 Ford Pla, Mucke, Johnson 339 + 45 Laps
23 LMP2 #40 Ligier Krohn, Jonsson, Barbosa 338 + 46 Laps
24 GTE Pro #95 Aston Thiim, Sorensen, Turner 338 + 1m43.107s
25 GTE Pro #97 Aston Stanaway, Rees, Adam 337 + 47 Laps
26 GTE Pro #63 Chevrolet Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor 336 + 48 Laps
27 GTE Am #62 Ferrari Sweedler, Bell, Segal 331 + 53 Laps
28 GTE Am #83 Ferrari Perrodo, Collard, Aguas 331 + 2m54.897s
29 GTE Am #88 Porsche Al Qubaisi, Heinemeier Hansson, Long 330 + 54 Laps
30 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Prost, Heidfeld, Piquet Jr 330 + 27.381s
31 GTE Am #61 Ferrari Mok, Sawa, Bell 329 + 55 Laps
32 GTE Pro #77 Porsche Lietz, Christensen, Eng 329 + 1m01.994s
33 LMP2 #22 Ligier Capillaire, Maris, Coleman 328 + 56 Laps
34 GTE Am #86 Porsche Wainwright, Carroll, Barker 328 + 2m06.472s
35 LMP2 #48 Oreca Keating, Bleekemolen, Goossens 323 + 61 Laps
36 GTE Am #60 Ferrari Laursen, Mac, Nielsen 319 + 65 Laps
37 GTE Am #99 Aston Howard, Griffin, Hirsch 318 + 66 Laps
38 GTE Am #50 Chevrolet Yamagishi, Ragues, Belloc 316 + 68 Laps
39 CDNT #84 Morgan Sausset, Tinseau, Bouvet 315 + 69 Laps
40 GTE Am #57 Chevrolet O’Connel, Bryant, Patterson 306 + 78 Laps
41 GTE Pro #67 Ford Franchitti, Priaulx, Tincknell 306 + 2m48.753s
42 GTE Am #78 Porsche Ried, Henzler, Camathias 300 + 84 Laps
43 LMP2 #31 Ligier Dalziel, Derani, Cumming 297 + 87 Laps
44 LMP2 #34 Oreca Leutwiler, Nakano, Winslow 297 + 14.774s
45 LMP2 #28 Morgan Taittinger, Striebig, Roussel 292 + 92 Laps
46 GTE Am #55 Ferrari Cameron, Griffin, Scott 289 + 95 Laps
47 GTE Am #98 Aston Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda 281 + 103 Laps
48 LMP2 #38 Gibson Dolan, Dennis, Van Der Garde 222 + 162 Laps
49 LMP1 #13 Rebellion Tuscher, Imperatori, Kraihamer 200 + 184 Laps
50 LMP2 #44 Oreca Graves, Rao, Merhi 283 Retired
51 LMP2 #46 Oreca Thiriet, Beche, Hirakawa 241 Retired
52 LMP2 #35 Alpine Cheng, Tung, Panciatici 234 Retired
53 GTE Pro #64 Chevrolet Gavin, Milner, Taylor 219 Retired
54 LMP1 #4 CLM Trummer, Webb, Kaffer 206 Retired
55 GTE Pro #51 Ferrari Bruni, Calado, Pier Guidi 179 Retired
56 GTE Pro #71 Ferrari Rigon, Bird, Bertolini 143 Retired
57 GTE Pro #92 Porsche Makowiecki, Bamber, Bergmeister 140 Retired
58 GTE Pro #91 Porsche Pilet, Estre, Tandy 135 Retired
59 LMP2 #47 Oreca Matsuda, Howson, Bradley 116 Retired
60 GTE Am #89 Porsche Macneil, Keen, Miller 50 Retired

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Fast Freddy

I read otherwise that the Toyota was not running at the end? Don’t rules say you have to be running to be classified?

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Yes, the car has to take the flag at the end of the race to be classified. Although the number five Toyota did crawl around to take the flag, its final lap of over eleven minutes was deemed too slow.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/124886/porsche-snatches-le-mans-win-from-toyota

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ACO rules say 6 minutes maximum to complete the final lap, Toyota took almost 12 minutes. DQ. By the way, I’m betting on a blown charge pipe.

Tim C.
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Tim C.

I was absolutely gutted for Toyota. To lose the race that way was heartbreaking.

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Every year, they edge closer and closer to victory. I bet Toyota is spending the same amount of cash annually as it did for its short time in Formula-1. I would not blame one bit if they decide to chuck the whole LMP program and leave it to Audi and Porsche.

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I am completely gutted after that. It was such a close and fascinating race for 23hr 55min with the lead being exchanged on pit stops back and forth with no car really ever having more than a minute advantage. So much strategy, with Toyota going one lap farther on fuel each stint, and Porsche quadruple stinting tires. Porsche being faster most of the night, but Toyota being faster in the morning, and both being about equal for the last 4 hrs or so. Everything you could ever want in an endurance race with Toyota seeming to win the battle. But… Read more »

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I gave NBC a bunch of flack for showing golf instead of the F1 race last weekend, but with a couple of hours to go in my recording of Le Mans, FS1 LEFT the race coverage to show… Golf! Damnit!

Even had I been watching live I still would have missed it since they moved it to FS2 which hardly any cable company carries.

Motorsport coverage in the US is just a travesty.